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The Power of Design: The MIT Morningside Academy for Design Inaugural Forum

Join us for the launch of the MIT Morningside Academy for Design (MIT MAD) with a day of dynamic presentations by designers and thought leaders in dialogue on how interdisciplinary design can influence and frame our responses at this time of extraordinary global need.

The forum will reveal the importance of design to a variety of disciplines and enterprises: from the humanities to STEM, from industrial production to community-based solutions. Each of the three sessions will be followed by a conversation moderated by an MIT faculty member, with questions and comments from the audience encouraged.

Tuesday, October 18
This is an all-day event with sessions at 10:45, 1:30 and 3:30.

10:45am - Design Catalyzes Innovation
1:30pm - Design Transforms Learning
3:30pm - Design Empowers Society

Free with museum admission. To register, please visit this site.
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John Ochsendorf

Founding Director MIT Morningside Academy for Design, and Calss of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering


Maria Yang

Associate Director, MIT Morningside Academy for Design, and Gail E. Kendall Professor of Mechanical Engineering and associate dean of the School of Engineering

Dava Newman

Director, Media Lab, and Apollo Professor of Astronautics

Skylar Tibbits

Associate Professor of Design Research, and co-director of the Self-Assembly Lab, MIT’s International Design Center